Russian Snipers Due To Recieve The New Orsis T-5000 Sniper Rifle


Russian troops will soon receive a new sniper rifle: the Orsis T-5000. For the first time in many years, Russian engineers have successfully built a rifle that can compete with, and in some cases surpass, foreign counterparts. Our correspondent Ilya Davidov takes aim. In order to hit a target from more than a kilometer away, the sharpness of the eye and the steadiness of the hand is not enough. A very accurate weapon is needed. Until now, the arsenal of Russian snipers consisted mostly of the self-loading Dragunov (SVD) rifle, which has a range of no more than 350 meters. The new rifle enables sniping at distances that are well beyond the range of the enemy.


“The SVD’s range required the sniper to get close to the enemy, which brought him within range of the enemy’s assault rifles and machine guns. This new rifle will allow the sniper to shoot the enemy at such a range, that the enemy won’t even know where the shot came from, let alone return fire”, stated Aleksei Sorokin, the CEO of the company that built the rifle. To aid the sniper, the rifle uses a very accurate round, has a tight-fitting bolt, and a perfectly rifled barrel, with the deviation from the axis being no more than 3 microns. Cutting this type of half a meter hole through a steel bar can only be accomplished in two or three factories in the entire world.


“The machine rotates the barrel as it’s being cut, which takes 2.5 hours. Microns are removed in order to not disrupt the structure of the steel and in order to not create any tensions within the bore”, stated Dmitry Ignatov, the company’s director of production. High-precision weapons require ultra-pure steel, which can only be purchased abroad, as metal of this quality is not produced in Russia, and neither is the machinery used to build it. However, due to the ease of construction and simplicity of the weapon, the engineers managed to create a rifle that is twice as cheap as foreign counterparts.


The Orsis T-5000 is one of the lightest sniper rifles, with a weight of 7 kg 100 g, and is also one of the most compact thanks to the folding stock. However, the most important feature of the weapon is its accuracy at distances of over 1 km, with grouping of less than 25 cm, in trained hands, of course. At such distances, even optics won’t help a novice, so it’s not surprising that I missed. Professionals shoot without missing.


Dmitry Demizorov, a veteran of the FSB special forces, owns some of the best small arms in the world. He used his experience to create a new sniper rifle for the Russian army. “Initially, the Orsis T-5000 was created on account of flaws that I found in the Western rifles that I own. Therefore, whatever flaws there are with today’s sniper weapons, they have already been addressed,” stated Dmitry Semizorov, a leading expert in precision shooting. The rifle received excellent scores during testing. As for ammunition, there is a bit of a problem, as Russian snipers must use foreign ammunition. However, the designers are confident that the adoption of the rifle into Russian service will inspire other defense companies in Russia to raise their bar for quality.

Orsis T-5000 Sniper Rifle


Sniper rifles have never been of the the Russian military’s strongest points. For decades, “snipers” had to make do with the SVD, a weapon that is not really a sniper rifle, but more of a weapon that increases the range of the troops, similar to the M-14. Over the years, many designs have been developed, but the army is still stuck with the SVD, while the Special Forces (who have more options as to what they can use) usually use foreign sniper rifles.

Based in Moscow, Orsis is one of the best private manufacturing factories of rifles in Russia. The owners of the company are world-class shooters, so it is not too farfetched to say that great things can be expected from this company. In 2011, Orsis began producing precision rifles based on the same bolt action, including the T-5000. The T-5000 is based on an action with dual locking lugs in the front. The stock of the rifle is made of glass bedded aluminum, the barrel is made of the highest grade stainless steel, and the muzzles are threaded to accept various muzzle brakes. The pressure of the trigger is fully adjustable, and the safety is located at the rear. Orsis T-5000 rifles accept 5 and 10 round magazines. The shoulder stock folds to increase the compactness of the rifle, and the T-5000 comes equipped with a picatinny rail to accept various accessories such as scopes, lasers, and flashlights.

The T-5000 is everything that a sniper rifle ought to be. It packs a heavy barrel, is customizable, and is made of the highest quality material. A few samples of this rifle have been presented to the Russian government, and it is currently undergoing testing. The standard T-5000 comes equipped with the DH 5-20×56, a revolutionary new Russian scope, and a muzzle brake built by Orsis, which they claim reduces the recoil by up to 50%. The rifle is apparently intended for counter-terrorist troops.

Caliber: .308 Win/ .338 Lapua
Barrel length: 610 mm
Weight: 12.3 lb/12.8 lb
Price: $5500/$6150 (without scopes)


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